Musical Endeavours

BBC Proms 2011 poster, from familiesonline.co.uk

I enjoy listening to music, even if I don’t actually play an instrument unless you count the triangle playing from a Year 2 Nativity play. However, right now in England we have The Proms going on, and I sat there a few days ago with it on in the background. That particular night was Film Night, so they were playing all of the best theme tunes. Hedwig’s Theme still sends shivers down my spine.

The Proms, also known as The BBC Proms or more accurately The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by The BBC is an eight-week summer program of concerts based mainly in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Every day there is some form of orchestral event going on and I’ve always wanted to attend, especially the Last Night where things get quite patriotic as they run through all the big numbers such as Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.

Here is a quick list of words from the world of music which could work as a name. I’m sure you can all suggest more since I was never taught music at school (well, I was, but it wasn’t the curriculum):

Allegro

– Used for naming different tempos. The name Allegra is a female name used sparingly, although it means happy.

Bass

– A low frequency sound. A bass note is the lowest note in a chord. Usually said the same as the word base.

Brass

– The name of a family of instruments which includes the tuba and the trumpet. Their sound is produced by sympathetic vibration of air in their tubular resonator.

Cadence

– A melodic configuration the end of a phrase, section, or piece of music. I’ve seen this name particularly butchered by some as Kaydence and so forth.

Carol(e)

– A name of a song sung particularly at Christmas time, and we’ve already covered this name before.

Celesta or Celeste

– An idiophone operated by a keyboard which has a similar appearance to a piano.

Cello

– A large string instrument, pronounced at chel-low. I could actually see this working on a lad.

Chime

– A Chime is an instrument containing 23 bells, and indeed the name Bell(e) is another possibility.

Chorale

– Another name for a hymn.

Cithara

– An ancient Greek instrument, similar to the lyre which, again, could work as a name.

Clarinet

– A woodwind instrument which isn’t far removed from the name Clarissa.

Eupho

– The name often used as a short form of Euphonium, a brass instrument.

Harmony

– The use of simultaneous pitches or chords and one of the more used names on this list.

Jazz

– A genre of music, often used as a nickname for Jasmine.

Lyric

– The words sung along to music.

Melody

– A linear succession of musical terms which is perceived as a single entity. A combination of pitch and rhythm.

Pipa

– A four-stringed Chinese muscial instrument.

Piper

– The name of a player of the pipe. Common surname and first name.

Rhapsody

– An enthusiastic instrumental composition of indefinite form.

Rhythm

– A sequence in time repeated, marked by a regulated succession of strong and weak elements. I always had a fondness for this word, and could make for an unexpected middle name.

Sax

– The name the saxophone is occasionally referred to as, which is a member of the woodwind family.

Timbre

– Aside from being the French word for a stamp, this word is pronounced as tam-bar, which makes not that far removed from the once popular name Amber. In music it is concerned with the quality of a musical note, tone or sound.

Timpani

– Another name for kettle drums, who belong to the percussion family.

Viola

– A type of string instrument, smaller than a violin.

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  1. appellationmountain

    Don’t forget Chord – as in Chord Overstreet, who appeared on the most recent season of Glee!

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  2. love it! Ballad, Reverie, Soprano, Tune, Bow, Mandolin and Bravura might be other options. Great list!

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  3. Poppy Seeds

    What about Sonnet? Okay, it’s usually a poem but it means little song

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  4. Good list. I love finding names I’ve never thought of and I’m a big fan of word names.

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  5. Thanks!

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  6. I have seen a baby boy called Coda, which is the closing section of a movement. It sounds like Cody and Dakota, so not too strange.

    Madrigal is listed on Appellation Mountain, a song for three voices. Gives the short form Maddie.

    Musette – A Baroque dance song; I had a cat called this!!!!

    Octave – eight notes; French form of Octavius so it’s a valid name.

    Reed – the part of a wind instrument that you blow into it; not an uncommon name.

    Rococo – an excessively ornamental musical style; sounds a bit like the boy’s name Rocco, but would also give the nn Coco for a girl.

    Trill – kind of cute, maybe? There are Italian names based on this word.

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  7. Or you can also go with Waltz or Waltzing hahaha. Maybe with the middle name Matilda.

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